Thursday, May 1, 2014

There's something about Internet Explorer

In early versions of Internet Explorer the Library home page displays poorly. And later versions (since IE 8) can also display the page poorly if 'compatibility view' is turned on for the jcu.edu.au domain. 'Compatibility view' is a setting in later versions of IE that make them 'pretend' they are IE7. It was done so that sites/pages/web apps written specifically for IE 7 and earlier, would still work with IE 8 and later (the first version of IE to actually be W3C compliant and not be backwardly compatible with earlier versions of IE).

For comparison:

Libcomp home page Compatibility view versus W3C view

If you really are committed to using Internet Explorer (!?) this is how to turn off compatibility view (and see the home page links to Referencing, Libguides, ResearchOnline@JCU and our chat and social media services):
  1. Make sure you are using at least IE 8.
  2. Go to the Library home page
  3. Click on Tools and ensure 'Compatibility View' is not ticked
  4. Click on 'Compatibility View Settings' make sure jcu.edu.au is not in the list of Websites you've added to Compatibility View
  5. Uncheck Display all websites in Compatibility View
  6. Uncheck Display intranet sites in Compatibility View (if you are using VPN or are on campus)

Turning off compatibility view
Speaking of IE there have been a number of recent serious security warnings for it, with US and UK authorities recommending not using until holes are patched. Both Microsoft and AusCERT have released advisories about the issues.  ITR are evaluating and if warranted will issue a bulletin of their recommendations.

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